From Thin Lizzy to the classics, music festival shows off great talent

IN TUNE ''The Portsmouth Youth Orchestra take part in the Portsmouth Schools Music Festival at Portsmouth Guildhall.'    Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (112313-1)
IN TUNE ''The Portsmouth Youth Orchestra take part in the Portsmouth Schools Music Festival at Portsmouth Guildhall.' Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112313-1)

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PORTSMOUTH’S biggest student music show kicked off with a stunning line-up of rock, pop and classical performances.

Audience members were swept up in the enthusiasm as they enjoyed tunes from Bizet to Michael Jackson courtesy of this year’s Portsmouth Schools’ Music Festival, at the Guildhall.

First on stage was a band from Admiral Lord Nelson School who delighted the crowd with their original composition Dreams as well as a medley of rock hits including Thin Lizzy’s The Boys are Back in Town.

Then came the Junior School Choir, made up of children from primary schools across Portsmouth, who presented beautifully-sung tunes around the festival’s ‘Earth’ theme.

They were followed by Portsmouth Youth Orchestra whose members showed off their classical repertoire, and finally the Secondary School choir who worked through film music songs including Everybody Needs Somebody from the film The Blues Brothers.

The festival, which has been held since the end of the Second World War, involves 53 schools this year.

Becky Hill, chairwoman of the organising committee, said: ‘We couldn’t have asked for a better opening concert. The performances were amazing.’

The festival, which starts at 6.30pm, continues tonight and tomorrow. Tickets (£4 to £6) can be bought at the door or from schoolsmusic.org.